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Mumbai: School principals concerned for SSC students’ academic performance

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School principals across the city are concerned about whether SSC students’ academic performance in the board exams will be poor if not better, following the change in syllabus and the scrapping of the 20-marks internal exams. The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) introduced a new syllabus this year and also declared a new paper pattern for 100 marks instead of scrapping exams of 20 marks.

Some school principals said the students have already performed poorly in the recent semester exams than in the previous year. A principal from a western suburb school said, “This semester exam class 10 students, who will be appearing for the SSC board exam have performed worst then students before them. It is may be due to the new paper pattern and most of the exams are 100 marks. Their poor performance is seen mostly in the language papers that don’t have an internal 20 marks exam. Our principal’s association have approached the board and we have heard that they may think of something for students. How the students will perform in board exam we will come to know after they give their prelim exam.”

Another principal, and secretary of Mumbai Principals Association, Prashant Redij said, “Maybe due to the new syllabus, students can’t refer to previous papers. So they have performed badly this semester exam. Also, because some of the exams are now for 100 marks, students will need to write more as internal marks exams are scrapped. We are worried about how well students perform in the board exams. The board says that when students were given internal marks, they were scoring poorly in theory exams. In order to improve their writing skills 100 marks exams are introduced.”

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JNU to hold third convocation to award alumni Nirmala Sitharaman, S Jaishankar

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The Jawaharlal Nehru University is ready to hold its third convocation in August. During the executive council meeting held today, it was decided to award the Minister of Finance and former minister of defence Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during the ceremony.

Both the union ministers are alumni of JNU. Sitharaman pursued MA from the School of Social Sciences (SSS) and MPhil from the School of International Studies at JNU. Jaishankar pursued MPhil and doctoral research at the School of International Studies from the Delhi-based varsity. He also specialised in nuclear diplomacy at JNU.

The two will be the first-ever recipients of the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ bestowed by the varsity.

Today the Executive Council of JNU decided to bestow the newly established Distinguished Alumni Award upon Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman and Shri. S. Jaishankar in the third convocation to be held in August 2019. They will be the first recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. pic.twitter.com/ElSuDTsh9m

JNU held its second convocation after 46 years in 2018 after the UGC asked the central varsities to hold the ceremonial ritual of conferring the degrees. The ritual is being carry-forwarded this year as well. The first convocation was held in 1972.

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A unique example of empowering the children of the poorest of the poor through education and skills

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In this materialistic world when nobody has time for anybody, there is one selfless teacher, wedded to the cause of upgrading the socio educational standards of extremely poor, hapless n deprived children who are either parentless, have no source of income, constrained to beg in the society for survival or penniless.

Such outstanding human beings with generosity, compassion and will to do something incredible for these worst lots of the society in the eyes of people are seldom seen or found.

But yes we have one extraordinary example in Srinagar, Garhwal, Uttarakhand, a teacher by profession namely Sangeeta Faraasi.

This outstanding woman with exceptional commitment n dedication goes in the MALEEN BASTIES, the localities at the lowest ebb n enthuses children of the poorest of poor classes to learn reading n writing so as to become a credible citizen of the country tomorrow and stand at par with the educated, rich n affluents by the dint of their hard work, maximum education and knowledge.

Can anybody believe that teacher Sangeeta Faraasi with limited resources based in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal has so far helped freed 10 students of the beggers families and get them addmitted in local schools.

She educates these poorest of the poor children for two hours every evening free of costs voluntarily.

She had also organised a summer camp for the children of these marginalised and economic deprived classes in which she imparts them educative training in vocational skills as well.

In the summer camp she teaches the children and tiny tots about craft, drawing, singing, nukkad naataks and paintings to generate interest in them towards extra co currical activities and also entice them towards reading n writing.

This small summer camp will continue for a week from 31st June to 6th june and good number of poor children are being brought here for training in skills n other curricular activities. Besides these camps Mrs Sangeeta Farasi also gives free tutions to the poor student for every two hours daily and is a regular feature. We salute her noble endeavour and hope that other teachers will also follow suit.

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HRD Minister assures countrymen that no language will be imposed on anyone

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The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today met the newly sworn in HRD minister of Uttarakhand Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at his 13 Canning lane, New Delhi residence earlier the residence of the union minister Nitin Gadkari and congratulated him for his new pivotal assignment as union HRD minister earlier held by stalwarts like late K C Pant, Arjun Singh, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi n controvertial under graduate leader Smriti Irani.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat greetingHRD minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank`

Smriti Irani who’d defeated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi from Amethi is union minister of Women n Child Development and textiles.

According to Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, though his meeting with Uttarakhand CM was an informal one and a customary get together but they also deliberated on various pivotal issues of the state and his ministry’s possible contribution in the education sector of Uttarakhand in the near future.

Prior to Dr. Nishank’s meeting with the Uttarakhand CM he also went to the residences of the former MPs from Uttarakhand n state ex CMs Major Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to seek their blessings.

Meanwhile, speaking to the media the union HRD minister Dr. Pokhriyal cleared doubts about the rumours taking rounds in the media that the new draft education policy document has made Hindi compulsory in all the schools of India.

In a letter of clarification posted in his twitter handle today Dr. Nishank said that while it is true that a draft of National Education Policy document has been submitted to me by the Chairman Dr. Kasturirangan and the members of the Committee yesterday but it has been placed for eliciting the views of the general public.

It is not the policy announced formally by the government. After getting the feedback from the general public and after properly consulting the state governments, the National Education policy will be formally announced by the government.

He assured that the government under the leadership of the prime minister Narendra Modi is committed for equal development and promotion of all Indian languages.

There will therefore be no imposition of any language in educational institutions, nor discrimination against any language.

The clarification letter has been signed by R. Subrahmaniyam, Secretary HRD.

It may be recalled that the leaders of all political parties of the south including Congress, the splintered group of AIADMK, actor turned politician Kamal Hassan n even the Congress leader of Tamilnadu K Raju has opposedthe imposition on Hindi in schools of thesouth.

They said that the entire south India will oppose this decision tooth and nail and the consequences would be disastrous.

In was in this context that the union HRD minister n its sectretay Dr. Pokhriyal and Subrahmaniam has to issue the written clarification.

Election in several southern states are likely to be helf in the near future and the NDA government would never take the risk of annoying the electorates of the southern states.

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Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank joins office as union minister of HRD

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The former chief minister of Uttarakhand n two time MP from Haridwar, 59 year old Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been allocated the important portfolio of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Nishank today went tohis Shastri Bhawan office and took the charge as other ministers of Narendra Modi gvernment also did by visiting theirrespective minstries and acceptng bouquets n garlends as a mark of greetings.

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand got an important share in the union cabinet in NDA part 2 government as portfolio of HRD is being considered as quite powerful in terms of dissemination of quality education in the distant parts of rural India n Uttarakhand where schools are being shut down n the standard of education is on a deteriorating level.

During the previous NDA government Uttarakhand was represented by a minister of state for textile portfolio which could hardly play any vital role in providing textile avenues or jobs to the unemployed. AjayTamata, an Almora MP was the minister of state representing the reserve constituency.

He has been sidelined this time as 24 other old ministers. Union HRD minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has thanked prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP supremo Amit Shah for giving him such an important responsibility. Dr. Pokhriyal said whilehe is quite delighted for having been elevated to cabinet rank as minister of Human Resource Development but the challenges are also high n multi pronged.

Dr. Nishank was not included in the previous NDA government because of the silent internal squabbles between him n the then MP from Nainital Bhagat Singh Koshiyari as both wrre the ministerial aspirants. In order to keep the dissensions at bay the prime minister had then on the advise of Amit Shah chosen a new, young and non controvertial dalit incumbent who had been the minister in Major General Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s cabinet in 2007.

But for the reasons best known to the prime minister Narendra Modi Tamata was dropped this time and Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was obliged. However this time, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s bete noire 76 year old former MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari was not given the party ticket and the former’sentry into the union cabinet fructified easily.

However there are rumours that Patanjali head n popular saint Ram Dev had lobbied for Dr. Nishank n his request had been aceded to. Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has very cordialn trusted relationship with Baba Ram Dev and his high profile state of the Art Patanjali Ahram is also situated in Haridwar.

The relationship between Baba Ramdev n Dr. Nishank gained momentum since 2008 n even before when he was the chief minister of Uttarakhand after the then CM Major Genetal B.C. Khaduri’s unceremonial exit. It may be recalled that Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank started his active political career in 1990/ 91 when he defeated the then higher education minister of UP n late political stalwart HN Bahuguna’s protege Dr. Shivanand Nautiyal from Karnaprayag legislative constituency in Garhwal. Thereafter Dr. Nishank never looked back.

In 2008 he became the CM of Uttarakhand replacing Major general Khanduri who recommended his name to the BJP high command in order to block Koshiyari’s chances. He has been two time MP from Haidwar onBJP ticket. An old RSSite Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had been a journalist, writer and a poet.

Prior to joining active politics he used to run his own vernacular newspaper published from Pauri n had also been a teacher and principal of Shishu Mandir School.

A soft spoken, intelligent n sharp Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has several books to his credit n has also been honoured with several distinguished awards for litetature n writing.

His both the daughters are quite brilliant one in Indian Army as a medical doctor n another a reputed classical dancer n producer of a regional film Major Nirala. Meanwhile the former minister of state for textiles n MP from Almora Ajay Tamata today congratulated Dr. Nishank athis Teen Murti Lane house by presenting him a bouquet n wished him good luck.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nishank too met the BJP chief Amit Shah at his residence and thanked him by offering a bouquet of flowers n sweets for including himin the union cabinet as HRD minister.

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CBSE Class 10th board exams 2020 to have fewer questions?

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is most likely to change the exam pattern for 10th board exams. The board is likely to decrease the number of objective questions asked in CBSE class 10 board exams. The questions will be replaced by more detailed answers to ensure creative writing and discourage rote learning.

“The changes will be part of the routine review exercise ahead of exams. Once the changes are finalised, sample papers will also be released so students get an idea and also get to practice the same before exams,” a senior CBSE official said.

Board experts are considering if they can decrease the number of questions and increase the marks for each question and encourage students to write elaborative answers.
It would not be an overhaul of the entire question paper but minor changes and students have nothing to worry about,” the official added. The board is also thinking about methods to diversify the current format of objective questions carrying one mark each.
In another major development, the board is conducting two-level exams for class 10 mathematics and English papers from 2020 onwards. Reportedly, a total of 20 marks will be assigned for school-based assessment in each of the exams.

Mathematics and English exams for CBSE class 10 will be conducted in two-levels. Those who clear the internal exam will be eligible for the theory exam.

In mathematics 10th board exam 2020, students will also have an option to select the difficulty level of their mathematics exam. Those who choose the easier version, however, could not take mathematics as a major subject in higher studies. According to a CBSE’s official circular released in 2018, the current mathematics subject will be called mathematics-standard and the easier level will be called mathematics-basic. The same will also be introduced from 2020 onwards.

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Matriculation results: ‘Arbitrary’ internal assessment marks worry parents

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Beyond imagination high” scores and “arbitrary” marks given to students at the time of internal assessments are among issues raised by parents since the class X results were announced. In class X, the year-end board exam accounts for a maximum of 80 marks and a 20-mark component is based on internal assessments per subject.
Parent’s posts on social media and meetings with school principals have crossed the same anxiety. “This apprehension has become more pronounced this year. Only today, a parent come out to the admissions coordinator and said that students from some other schools were awarded full marks in internal assessment. Considering the process of internal assessment, the possibility of this is quite low,” said Jyoti Arora, principal, Mt Abu School, Rohini.
Vipul Aggarwal, an IPS officer , wrote to CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal, wondering why his daughter, in spite of getting high marks in the exam, had got poor marks in internal assessment. Then, having spoken to Karwal, he tweeted that he was pleased with the internal assessment process
Several school principals also said that more and more parents are coming out to them, surprising how their children missed out on the best possible percentage owing to the strict marking pattern
Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, however, added that most schools are transparent in their assessment.
“The marks that we award to children show what they deserve. Some parents display a trust deficit. By the time the children get to class X, they have usually been in the same school for 12 years. In such a situation, the lack of trust from parents is something we can’t do anything about. We look at the marks children are getting these days and many of them are highly improbable,” she said.
CBSE officials mentioned parents raise these issues many times. “We do not make a data set of school-wise internal assessment, though the data is sent to us. These issues have been raised but for internal assessment, schools have to be given autonomy,” said an official. we

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PSEB Class 10th results: 85.86% pass — a 26% increase & highest in 3 years

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THE 10th board results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) were announced with the pass percentage rising to 85.86%— shooting up by a whopping 26% higher in comparison to last year the highest in three years.
In 2018, the pass percentage was 59.47% and 57.5% in 2017. In 2018& 2017, the PSEB claimed that grace marks were not given to students.
Girls again surpassed the boys this year as the first two top positions were caught by female students. This year, schools in rural areas performed with a pass percentage of 86.7% and schools in urban areas was 83.38%
In 2018, the pass percentage of students in rural area schools was 61.22% and those of urban schools was 63.85%.
PSEB Chairman Manohar Kant Kalohia said a total of 3,17,387 students appeared in the examinations held in March. As many as 2,71,554 students passed.
Kalohia added that 10,199 students failed while 35,615 students have re-appeared, and results of 19 students were withheld.
He mentioned that this year, the pass percentage of girls was 90.63% while that of boys was 81.30%. In 2018, the pass percentage of boys was 52.31% and that of girls was 69.13%.
Kalohia attributed the hike to “justifiable” marking. He said that this year, the examiners had been told to ask questions which were in ‘books’ and the syllabus the students had studied.
“There should not be a trend of asking questions which students did not know. This time schools a put lot of thrust on studies due to which the pass percentage increased,” he said.

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Class XII CBSE Results: Delhi Govt. Schools Witness Best-ever Pass Percentage

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Delhi government schools registered their best-ever performance in CBSE Class XII examinations, with a pass percentage of 94.29% and with over 200 schools with a 100% pass percentage.
This comes after Delhi government schools had crossed the 90% pass percentage mark in Class XII boards for the first time last year. The number of government schools with 100% pass percentage has increased in the last two years. In 2017, the number of such schools was 112 and this increased to 168 in 2018. This year, their number rised to 203
The number of schools with more than 90% pass percentage has also reached up to 732 this year, from 638 in 2018 and 554 in 2017.
A total of 1,29,917 students from Delhi government schools had appeared for the Class XII CBSE examinations this year. They form a majority of the 2,39,864 candidates from Delhi who appeared in these examinations.
Following a trend which has been in place since 2015, government schools witnessed a higher pass percentage than the city’s private schools. With the private schools registering a pass percentage of 90.68%, the two groups of schools have a 3.61 percentage point difference in pass percentages. However, the city’s private schools also gave an increased pass percentage from last year’s 88.35%.
Like in all other regions, girls registered a higher pass percentage with a margin of 6.54 percentage points — Delhi girls had a pass percentage of 95.17% while boys had 88.63%.
Similarly, in government schools too, girls were ahead with 96.3%. However, boys registered an increase in pass percentage to 91.48% from last year’s 85.98%.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter after the results: “Congratulations students, teachers, parents and team education of Delhi government for beating your own record of last year’s class XII CBSE exam.

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ICAI exams 2019: Applications available for IT, soft skill certification test

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The Institute of Chartered Accountancy of India (ICAI) has asked for the advanced integrated course on information technology and soft skills (advanced ICITSS) at its website, icia.org. The exam will be held in a computer-based mode on May 17 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The application process will start on May 2 and end on May 7, 2019. The exam is scheduled to be held in 69 cities in India and in Dubai. In case enough candidates do not register from an exam center, that centre will be cancelled. Those who wish to appear for the test can apply at icai.org and pay the exam fee.
ICAI exam 2019: Eligibility
No candidate shall be admitted to the test unless he/she has finished the course or going to complete the course
ICAI exam 2019: Fee
Students need to pay Rs 500 as an exam fee. For those who want to apply for the Dubai centre will need to pay $150.
The pattern of exam will be objective type or MCQ-based. It will have 100 questions and would be of 100 marks, one mark each. There will be no negative marking. Candidates must report to the centre by 9:15 am, the exam will begin at 10:30 am. If a candidate reaches later than the reporting time, they will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Candidates will not be permitted to go from the examination hall till the test finishes.

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ICSE, ISC results on May 7

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The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi (CISCE) will announce the results of Class 10 & 12 examination on May 7, 2019. The students who had taken the examination can see the results through the official websites- cisce.org.
The results will be available via CAREERS portal, the website of the council and through SMSes. The candidates can get the results via SMS also. They have to type ICSE or ISC followed by their 7-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883
The ICSE Class 10 examinations was held from February 22, while the ISC Class 12 examinations conducted from February 4
From 2019 , the students who are not able to pass the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) will get a second chance to clear the examination. Gerry Arathoon, CISCE secretary,said in a press release compartmental exams will be held for ISC candidates having failed in the fourth subject and ICSE candidates in the fifth subject, in the same year, soon after publication of the respective board results
In 2018, 73,633 students appear for ISC exam out of which 39,703 were boys and 33,930 were girls. In class 12 (ISC) exam, total 73, 633 students appeared.

A total of 96.47% students passed the Class 12 examinations, while 98.53% students cracked class 10. Kolkata’s Ananya Maity has come out as Class 12 all India topper with 99.5%. Muskan Abdulla Pathan (Pune) and Ashwin Rao (Bengaluru) have jointly topped the class 10 exams with 99.4% each

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